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Lands End Trail

MODERATE 915 reviews

Lands End Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Francisco, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
534 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

Lands End Trail explores the historic Sutro Baths and offers brilliant view of the Pacific. A must see for any visitor to San Francisco. Lands End is the wildest, rockiest corner of San Francisco, a corner strewn with shipwrecks and a history of landslides. At the tip of Lands End is Point Lobos, named by the Spanish for its many lobos marinos (sea wolves); the barks of those sea lions, as they are called today, drifted up from the rocks below. The sea lions have since relocated to the calmer waters of San Francisco Bay. Trails at Lands End offer a cliff-top walk through dark cypress and open grass and 30-mile views up and down the California coast. The craggy headlands that border the Golden Gate have always challenged developers. The rocky exposed bluffs, often windswept and cloaked in fog, have hampered attempts to tame this corner of San Francisco. Despite the terrain, this section of the Coastal Trail was once a railroad bed, and the adjacent street, El Camino del Mark, once extended through Lands End. The two roads led to the Cliff House, Sutro Baths and Ocean Beach. Landslides eventually closed both routes.

hiking
6 hours ago

Beautiful hike! It is moderate and goes around the bay :-)
Nice views of Golden Gate all the way. If you want to hike all the way to Golden Gate, you need to walk through BEAUTIFUL homes in SF! The one's which are like my Dream Homes! Oh well moving on, the hike is simple walk from the trail end to GG.

I would rate this hike as easy / moderate! Some elevation which is nullified by the beautiful views.

hiking
6 days ago

The hike is very beautiful with views of golden gate and fairly moderate trail with mostly flat terrain. We got there early(by 7.00 am) , so the parking was ample and the trail was less trafficked. The weather was just perfect for a hike.

Great views, not always clear and usually windy. Definitely a fairly easy walk and great for dogs.

nature trips
6 days ago

Definitely come here early in the morning. Just went on July 15, and we were glad we got there early at 8:30. Got the trial to ourselves and made it down to Eagle’s point. We hung out for a bit and circled around to the Legion of Honors museum and made our way back down to the coastal trail. On the way back there were a TON of people. Glad we came early to secure parking and made sure we didn’t have to walk side by side with everyone else that just start the trail. Great scenes here and there for a quick photo with the bridge. Will come again soon, but a lot earlier to get the trails to ourselves.

nature trips
10 days ago

Enjoyable walk with great views of Golden Gate Bridge, labyrinth, and surroundings baths! Would definitely go again!

hiking
12 days ago

Great views, stairs help with the steeper paths.

hiking
14 days ago

Nice trail with great views! The negative is that many tourist congest the trail, so def get there before 10am.

17 days ago

Is an awesome walk along the coast with stunning views. Sutro baths are super interesting too! The paths are easy to navigate and there are often stairs when it gets steep. Would definitely recommend, is suitable for most!

hiking
17 days ago

If the weather is good, as it was for me, this cannot be beat for views. One after another spectacular view along the Coastal Trail. The return leg takes you past the golf course and Legion of Honor. Also has a fair climb that will get your heart pumping, as will the stairs along the Coastal Trail and down to the Labyrinth. Also worth checking out the nearby Sutro Baths.

hiking
19 days ago

So fortunate to have caught it on a clear day. Easily one of the most beautiful urban hikes I've seen. Parking was a breeze at the visitors center.

hiking
21 days ago

Enjoyed this scenic hike. Beautiful views of the ocean, greenery, and Golden Gate bridge. It was super pleasant on a sunny but cool and clear day.

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful trail with lots to see. Didn’t see any shipwrecks though. It’s also a long trail. Our map took us on a loop at the end. The loop further away from the coast isn’t as scenic. A lot of people were going back along the coastal trail.

The traffic was moderate but not too bad for a Sunday.

24 days ago

Beautiful view and a great hike to go with friends and family.

walking
24 days ago

Great trail. Not to difficult. A lot of stairs. The views of the bridge are amazing. Would definitely do again

hiking
1 month ago

Don’t be fooled this is a short hike but it could leave you out of breath especially if you’re hiking and talking/laughingg with a friend you haven’t seen for a while. The views were superb. And the labyrinth was a hidden surprise. I’ll do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! It’s so nice to get some quiet time away from the city. The breeze feels wonderful as well. There are gorgeous views of the bridge so as to truly appreciate its scale. There are also a handful of interesting plaques posted describing the history of the area. Definitely recommend that you check this out, and it’s easily accessible by Muni.

1 month ago

Simple walk and nice views

hiking
1 month ago

On a sunny clear day, this is a beautiful hike! Now one of my favorite places to go.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views and a great walking trail. We had a lot of fun!

hiking
1 month ago

Great day on the trail with awesome views.

hiking
1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful views!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike.
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hiking
1 month ago

Great views

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful to see the fog lift slowly but surely off of the Golden Gate! Easy hike, and very dog friendly. Loved it!

hiking
1 month ago

I remember hiking here 40 years ago ... only tiny dirt trails. How time changes. Beautiful nevertheless

hiking
2 months ago

Have done this a couple of times. Awesome trail, even in the fog when you can't see the bridge. Great views, cool terrain, varying elevations. We parked next to the golf course and also near the Sutro baths and Cliff House. Pines, eucalyptus, other interesting trees, smooth path, nice places to contemplate.

hiking
2 months ago

Stunning views of the Golden Gate! Walked from the Sutro Baths to the view point at the other side of Land's End, then carried on via Camino Del Mar to the trailhead of the Golden Gate Bridge trail from Baker Beach. Quite the hike if you combine the two!

2 months ago

Great hiking trail with beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome and conveniently accessible! Ample parking at Sutro Baths. It’s always busy but wait around for 10 min and a spot always clears up. The path is mostly soil and some rocks, especially up and down the cliff side to the beach. Super easy hike if you stay up top, moderately challenging stairs if you go down to the beach. Full of scenic views, dogs, and families. Make sure to explore Sutro Baths as well!

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